September’s Sweet Spot Of Spanish Tradition

Autumn Relief For Malaga

Malaga Fashion Week. Credit:

September is here, and with it autumn in what could be described as the ‘sweet spot.’

September in southern Spain comes as a sigh of relief for both locals and expatriates alike. As the scorching heat of August fades away, the region welcomes autumn with open arms and a host of traditions and festivals that make it a popular month to be in Spain.

Why Everyone Is Relieved That August Is Over

August is often considered the month of ‘local phobia’ due to the influx of tourists that flood the towns, making it difficult for locals to enjoy their own spaces. ‘In August, it feels like we’re visitors in our own town,’ says Carlos, a resident of Sevilla. September brings a sense of normalcy and a return to the local way of life.

Why September is Popular

September sees a 30 per cent decrease in tourist numbers compared to August. ‘September is when the real magic happens,’ says Emily, an expatriate from the UK.

September marks the end of the tourist-heavy summer season, offering a respite from the crowds and the heat. ‘September is when we finally get our towns back,’ says Maria, a local café owner in Malaga. The weather is still warm, but not unbearably so, making it ideal for outdoor activities without the throngs of tourists.

Some Notable Festivals

Virgen De La Victoria Day

On September 8th, Malaga celebrates its patron saint, the Virgen de la Victoria. The day is marked by religious processions, where groups of people sing and dance the malagueña, and often a fair with rides and food stalls.

Day of the Raisins

In El Borge, Malaga, the third Sunday of September, which this year falls on the 17, is celebrated as the Day of the Raisins. The town is the largest producer of raisins in Spain, and the festival is a vibrant affair with Rocio choirs and verdiales musicians.

Malaga Fashion Week 

Also known as the ‘Pasarela Larios,’ at 300 metres it is the longest catwalk in Europe and a significant event in the Spanish fashion calendar. The event usually takes place in the historic centre of Malaga and is free to attend. This year’s event takes place at 8:00 pm on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16 on Calle Larios, at 8:00 pm.

September in southern Spain is a month of renewal and celebration. It offers a perfect blend of cultural richness and natural beauty, making it a favourite among those fortunate enough to experience it.

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Written by

John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.